Dog Soldiers (DVD, 2009, Limited Edition; Steelbook)

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Scottish werewolves cause problems in Dog Soldiers

Nov 11, 2005
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Pros:The werewolves looked cool, lots of action

Cons:Some dumb parts, lame twist

The Bottom Line: While this does offer something different, it could have been better.


Dog Soldiers is a lower budget action/horror film from the UK that offers some originality but is ultimately pulled down by bad acting and a lame story twist. It is an entertaining movie, but could have been better. The plot revolves around a group of soldiers on a training mission in Scotland and how they stumble upon a group of werewolves.

In the opening scene, a young couple are sharing a romantic evening in the forest. The young woman gives the man a gift in the form of a letter opener of some kind. It just so happens to be made of solid silver. Hmmm…I wonder if that will come into play later? The zipper of their tent starts to rise and then something drags the woman out and you see a huge spray of blood.

In the next scene, a group of meathead military types are doing some kind of training mission in the forest. As the final test, the leader asks the new recruit to kill a German shepherd dog that had come along with them. When the recruit refuses to kill the animal, the leader shoots it anyway and tells the guy he did not make the team. Later, that recruit is out in the field on training exercises with his own guys when that leader turns up again, only this time he is injured and babbling about being attacked.

The soldiers gather their wits and make a run through the forest until they are met on a desolate road by a semi-hot brunette who just happens to be a zoologist living in a house nearby. Once in the house, a group of werewolves attack and the soldiers must find a way to defeat them. There are a couple of twists, but nothing real special. Like all movies like this, the soldiers die one by one.

This is one of those movies where if you take a step back and ponder the series of events that make up the plot, you’ll realize it doesn’t make a lot of sense. The big twist at the end was just plain dumb, plus there were some inconsistencies. For example, in the opening scene the attacking werewolf actually unzipped the tent to pull the girl out. Later in the movie, the werewolves were jumping through windows and busting down doors to get at the soldiers in the house. Why in the hell would a werewolf need to use the zipper to get somebody inside a tent? Did they not sharpen their claws that morning or something?

The action sequences were plentiful and it had enough gore and explosions to keep me interested. The final showdown with the werewolves features an inventive escape through the house that takes the soldiers through floors and walls. I couldn’t tell whether this was filmed on a set or in an actual old house, but either way they tore up all kinds of stuff while making this movie.

The werewolves themselves looked pretty cool and unique as far as movie werewolves go. They looked like people walking on short stilts, which gave them a towering appearance and a slow steady gate that made them sort of creepy. Most of the werewolf appearances had them standing still while reaching out at people, but there were a few great scenes where they actually moved around. I can imagine it was tough for the people in those costumes to do much more than maintain their balance, but at least it looked good.

Although werewolves are typically the subject of horror movies, Dog Soldiers is not scary. It is mostly just a military action film where the enemy happens to be something other than soldiers from another country. The concept is pretty original, although the story could have used a little touching up. I enjoyed this film based purely on its entertainment quality, but I wouldn’t want to see it again.


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